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Snyder to testify on Flint water crisis

Posted at 10:17 AM, Mar 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-14 10:17:48-04

Governor Rick Snyder will be in the hot seat this week. He's headed to Washington D.C. in a few days, where he will be grilled about the Flint Water Crisis.

The governor will testify in front of a congressional committee on Thursday, March 17th.

It's all a part of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's investigation into the water crisis, a problem that has residents in Flint still using water bottles to bathe and drink.

The chairman of the committee investigating the water crisis, Congressman Jason Chaffetz was in Flint over the weekend. He wanted a first hand look at ground zero.

The congressional committee will hold the first hearing this week on Flint tomorrow. Flint's former Emergency Manager Darnell Early will testify.

He was the Emergency Manager when the city's water source was switched from Detroit's water system to the Flint River in 2014.

The city's former mayor Dayne Walling, researchers and EPA Midwest Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman, who resigned during the controversy, are also set to testify tomorrow.

Governor Rick Snyder will then take his turn in the hot seat on March 17th.

Just last week he called for an investigation into the state's Department of Health and Human Services, saying he wants transparency across the board. He says there was a failure on all levels of government.

"We want to be accountable and we want to be transparent in this group and the sub-groups," says Governor Snyder. "We're seeing progress in the nutrition area, the health area, all these various areas and just keep it up."

Earlier this month, politicians complained when Governor Snyder was not invited to the House Oversight Panel's first hearing.

Snyder says he has asked to testify about the state and federal government's role in the crisis, and Thursday he will do that.